Snowden

Snowden

Snowden

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) leads this biographical thriller from Oliver Stone as Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee who blew the whistle on mass surveillance and leaked thousands of classified documents to the press. Co-stars Shailene Woodley (Divergent) as his girlfriend Lindsay, Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Tom Wilkinson (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) as Guardian journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, and Melissa Leo (The Fighter) as Laura Poitras, the director that documented Snowden’s leak with her Academy Award-winning film Citizenfour.

2016Rating: M, Coarse language and sex scene142 minsUSA, Germany
DramaThrillerTrue Story & Biography
93%
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Reviews & comments

A bio-pic thriller about a principled romantic and modest hero

Director Oliver Stone took a risk in making Snowden (2016). Not because of America's continuing legal vendetta against exiled Edward Snowden but because the definitive film about Snowden was already made in the multi-award winning documentary CitizenFour (2014). However, Stone's film goes beyond the act of whistle-blowing to explore who Snowden is and why...

4.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Stone's exile in the desert of overheated irrelevance has now ended. "Snowden" isn't just the director's most exciting work since "Nixon" (1995) - it's the most important and galvanizing political drama by an American filmmaker in years.

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Time Out

Time Out

press

There was always the chance of Snowden's story coming off as an underpowered Bourne movie, but Stone somehow finds ways to make it extra boring.

2.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Stone has made an honourable and absorbing contribution to the imaginative record of our confusing times.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Stone has made a film aimed at breaking out Snowden's story to the masses but it's made with such limpness that a swift read of his Wikipedia page will prove far more exciting.

2.0
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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fiercely committed as Snowden, but director Oliver Stone sticks to the surface and buries the provocation.

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New York Post

New York Post

press

"Snowden" could have been a character portrait, but instead it's like "The Bourne Identity" minus the chases and fights, which is like a ham and cheese sandwich minus the ham and cheese.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Stone's direction is measured, methodical, and totally lacking in the fire and flamboyance that sometimes electrified and sometimes ruined his earlier films. The story moves along without any real sense of urgency or suspense.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A solid, engaging real-life drama.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Stone's exile in the desert of overheated irrelevance has now ended. "Snowden" isn't just the director's most exciting work since "Nixon" (1995) - it's the most important and galvanizing political drama by an American filmmaker in years.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

There was always the chance of Snowden's story coming off as an underpowered Bourne movie, but Stone somehow finds ways to make it extra boring.

2.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Mr. Stone has made an honourable and absorbing contribution to the imaginative record of our confusing times.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Stone has made a film aimed at breaking out Snowden's story to the masses but it's made with such limpness that a swift read of his Wikipedia page will prove far more exciting.

2.0
0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fiercely committed as Snowden, but director Oliver Stone sticks to the surface and buries the provocation.

0
New York Post

New York Post

press

"Snowden" could have been a character portrait, but instead it's like "The Bourne Identity" minus the chases and fights, which is like a ham and cheese sandwich minus the ham and cheese.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Stone's direction is measured, methodical, and totally lacking in the fire and flamboyance that sometimes electrified and sometimes ruined his earlier films. The story moves along without any real sense of urgency or suspense.

0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

A solid, engaging real-life drama.

0

A bio-pic thriller about a principled romantic and modest hero

Director Oliver Stone took a risk in making Snowden (2016). Not because of America's continuing legal vendetta against exiled Edward Snowden but because the definitive film about Snowden was already made in the multi-award winning documentary CitizenFour (2014). However, Stone's film goes beyond the act of whistle-blowing to explore who Snowden is and why...

4.0
0